Landscape Operative Level 2 Standard

About the course

This qualification is suitable for anyone working in a landscape construction (hard landscape) industry this includes the establishment of hard surfaces & structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas and therefore focuses on the installation of features and structures; application of landscape materials as well as supporting site management. The work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will frequently work outside in all weathers. Often people new to the industry will start in a ‘hands-on’ role covering a range of practical tasks, with specialist skills being learnt through progression. A wide range of machinery and tools are used and additional training may be required depending on the nature of the works undertaken.

Working and learning in the landscape industry is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferable into many other industries.

Course modules

Additional Qualification(s)

Additional Qualifications

The following qualifications will be required prior to taking the end point assessments:

  • Emergency First Aid
  • Level 2 Principals of the Safe Handling and Application (PA1) OR Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides (PA6a)

Combined Competence and Knowledge Qualification

Skills, Knowledge & Behaviours

An apprentice will be required to undertake & have an understanding of a number of different core skills, knowledge & behaviours to complete this apprenticeship. Please see factsheet for more information.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills

  • Level 1 Mathematics
  • Level 1 English

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria

A potential apprentice:

Must be aged 16 or over & have officially left school.

Must be employed (NOT self-employed) in the relevant occupational sector, working a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Must have the ability to achieve Functional Skills Level 1 in maths & English. (All candidates will be asked to complete an online functional skills assessment regardless of previous qualifications.*

An individual can only undertake an apprenticeship at the same or lower level than a qualification they already hold, if this allows the individual to acquire substantive new skills and the content of the training is materially different from any prior training or a previous apprenticeship.

Must have the right to work in England & spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship.

Must be a citizen of a country with in the European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right of abode in the UK AND have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous 3 years on the first day of learning.

*Typically potential apprentices would have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grades A-D (9 – 3 in the new grading system), including English, maths & science, or other equivalent vocational qualifications. Employers who recruit an apprentice without these qualifications will have to ensure they achieve level 1 in English & maths as part of the apprenticeship. Those who have achieved level 1 or who come out as ‘working at Level 1’ on the functional skills assessment we ask them to do, will have to work towards level 2.

Learning and assessment

Theory work & learning materials delivered online with photographic, video & audio evidence being collected through the Onefile E-Portfolio platform, supported by off site technical training at Myerscough College as required.

The employer will have access to their apprentices Onefile E-Portfolio so they can monitor progress & work that has been set by the tutor.

The qualification is made up of a number of mandatory units designed to have maximum relevance to the job & integrate with day to day responsibilities.

An employer must allow an apprentice 20% of their working week to undertake work required to complete their apprenticeship (this is a legal requirement) & will include any college attendance required.

There will be an end point assessment, conducted by an independent assessor.

All components must be passed for the apprentice to meet the apprenticeship standard & these will include:

  • An online knowledge test
  • A synoptic practical assessment
  • Professional Discussion

There will be 2 levels of achievement: Pass & Distinction

Progression

Apprentices successfully completing the Level 2 Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Landscaping or other Further Education courses.

Careers

Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of this Apprenticeship will depend on the qualifications and experience gained, but could include: Grounds/Garden Maintenance, Parks & Grounds Staff & Landscape Gardening.

Landscape

Landscaping involves the design, construction and maintenance of urban and rural environments – to develop ‘greener living’ in these areas. It’s a real government focus and includes everything from gardens, parks, streets, waterways, leisure facilities and open spaces through to large urban redevelopments. There are fantastic career opportunities as the landscape industry is made up of nearly 8,000 businesses employing around 140,000 people, including local authority departments, heritage garden attractions and commercial landscape companies.

They say: Elliot Smith

"Myerscough ticked all the right boxes for the landscape studies that I had my heart set on. The Level 3 Diploma course is brilliant, and I particularly liked the balance between practical and theory-based work."

 

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